Tuesday, September 18, 2001

N.J. again yields suspects

Enquirer wire services

        JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The FBI investigation into last week's terrorist attacks includes a New Jersey neighborhood that figured in the World Trade Center bombing case in 1993.

        At least three men questioned in the attacks live in the Journal Square neighborhood, the same area suspects in the bombing case called home.

        The neighborhood is home to the Masjid Al-Salam mosque, where blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman preached before he was convicted of plotting the 1993 bombing of the trade center and other New York landmarks.

        On Saturday, FBI agents raided a run-down apartment and led away several people whose identities have not been released. Authorities say the same building was home to two men who were seized at a train station in Texas last week, carrying box cutters, thousands of dollars in cash and hair dye.

        FBI spokeswoman Sandra Carroll said at least one man detained from the apartment remained in Immigration and Naturalization Service custody Monday. Police did not return calls seeking comment.

        3 passengers removed in Chicago

        CHICAGO — Three people were removed from a plane at O'Hare Airport on Monday for interfering with a flight crew, the FBI said.

        They were taken off an American Airlines flight after it arrived from Austin, Texas, FBI spokeswoman Mary Lynn Muha said.

        Police spokesman Pat Camden said the three had locked themselves in the restroom and refused to take their seats before landing.

        “Who knows what they were doing,” Mr. Camden said. “What was stupidity a week ago could be threatening now.”

        Release of video games postponed

        LOS ANGELES — Video game makers announced Monday they would purge images of destruction involving New York City from new releases and postpone the debut of terrorism-themed adventures following last week's attacks.

        Activision indefinitely postponed release of its Playstation game “Spider-Man 2 — Enter: Electro” a day before it was to hit stores because the superhero battles villains atop skyscrapers resembling the World Trade Center.

        A redesigned game will be available by the holidays, said Activision president Ron Doornink.

        Ubi Soft Entertainment said it would delay release of “Tom Clancy's Rogue Spear: Black Thorn.” The game, originally set for release Oct. 9, will hit stores only after themes similar to the terror attacks on New York and Washington are removed.

        Rev. Jerry Falwell regrets remarks

RICHMOND, Va. — The Rev. Jerry Falwell apologized Monday for saying God had allowed terrorists to attack America because of the work of civil liberties groups, abortion rights supporters and feminists.

        The Rev. Mr. Falwell said his comments were ill-timed, insensitive and divisive at a time of national mourning. President Bush had called the minister's statement inappropriate.

        “In the midst of the shock and mourning of a dark week for America, I made a statement that I should not have made and which I sincerely regret,” the Rev. Mr. Falwell said.

        He added: “I want to apologize to every American, including those I named.”


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